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Lights All Night: 10 Year Anniversary

Lights All Night: 10 Year Anniversary

Brandoux LeRoux

January 3rd, 2020

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As 2019 drew to a close, end of year celebrations were underway all across the country. As every dance music enthusiast knows, the amount of top notch events and festivals that happen in the US nearing the end of the year is enough to make your head spin. 

Among all the chaos is one of the nation’s largest and most popular end of year festivals, Lights All Night. The festival takes place at the Dallas Market Hall near the heart of Dallas. It has become a major hot spot for EDM fanatics to celebrate the new year.

Com3t
Kayzo

Lights All Night made its highly anticipated return to the lone star state on December 27 and 28. The 2019 edition of the festival was set to be an especially extravagant occasion as the event was prepping to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. In the last decade Lights All Night has grown from a small and intimate event into a grand and extravagant celebration. After changing locations several times since the birth of the festival, it has emerged as one of the country’s leading New Years’ events. Boasting top of the line stage production, dancers, art installations, food trucks, and some seriously killer lineups, it’s easy to see why it continues to grow year after year. 

Com3t

As the sun set on Friday December 27 the excitement started to build. Excited festival goers put their game faces on and began descending upon the Dallas Market Hall eagerly awaiting the door to open at 6:00pm. 

As doors opened, ravers clad in their party attire quickly began to fill the festival grounds. Upon entering the venue you were greeted by a large LED cube displaying set times and general event information.

Yung Bae

Supernova

Entering the market hall itself you’d find yourself in the absolutely massive room which housed the Supernova stage (main stage). This main room featured a plethora of LED panels lining the ceiling. It also featured glowing art installations near the center that resembled trees, which also functioned as benches. A huge ring lined with spotlights and surrounded by hovering spheres was near the back with aerial dancers. Also near the back were giant illuminated letters spelling out “LAN”. Certainly a warm welcome and breathtaking sight to behold almost immediately after entering the festival.

Kayzo

Intergalactic

Continue making your way through the festival and you’d find yourself at the Intergalactic stage (stage 2). The room for the Intergalactic stage, while not quite as large as Supernova, was equally as breathtaking. To be fair, the room wasn’t small by any means. In fact, this room was perfectly equipped to handle several thousand people of its own.

As with Supernova, the Intergalactic stage featured strikingly solid stage design. The stage was heavily equipped with enough lights, lasers, and CO2 cannons to put on quite an impressive display. Near the back of this room you’d find a rather unique art installation made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of balloons of all sizes hanging from the ceiling. The balloons were alight with LEDs throughout the duration of the event. At times they almost resembled a rather sizable and brightly illuminated cloud hovering just above the eyes of the beholder.

Festival Grounds

Aside from the stages there was plenty to keep you busy while wandering the perimeter of the venue. There was no shortage of vendors. There was also several merch booths and activities to partake in. Shoot hoops and win prizes at the Swisher booth. Test your skills and challenge your friends to a ride on the mechanical bull (which in this case was a mechanical shark). Or head upstairs and you’d find a full blown gaming lounge. There were dozens of high speed gaming PCs for festival goers to enjoy.

The gaming lounge offered almost any game you could imagine. They also promised that they could get any game installed for you on the off chance that they didn’t have what you were looking for. Accompanied by a jaw-dropping view of the Supernova stage, the game lounge was nothing short of a gamer’s paradise.

Elephante

Night One

Starting out night one on the Intergalactic stage was a high energy performance by DJ and producer Com3t. She brought the heat kicking things off properly with heavy Dubstep and energetic dancing. Meanwhile on the Supernova stage the sounds of Young Franco were setting the tone for the evening.

Herobust

Throughout the course of the evening performances from Manilla Killa and Yung Bae kept the energy going. The crowd began to thicken as heavyweight sound master AC Slater and Mad Decent/Monstercat artist Slushii took to the Supernova stage.

Outside the Market Hall you could find two more stages one of which was the Planet Prime stage. Night Bass hosted Planet Prime on day one, pumping out some quality Bass, UK Garage, and House music all night long. The stage featured performances by fan favorites Golf Clap, Codes, Jack Beats, and Bijou.

Skrillex

As the night wore on it was all systems go on the Intergalactic stage. Performances were made by Elephante, and Dubstep madman Herobust. A closing performance was made by Tritonal. Meanwhile at Supernova the crowd had reached peak energy levels while witnessing Kayzo. Following him was a very special performance by Porter Robinson, alias Virtual Self. He played remixes of classic trance tunes and some techno inspired late 90s-early 2000s dance music bringing the crowd into a state of bliss and nostalgia.

Capping off the night was none other than the EDM superstar himself, Skrillex. He played a mix of classic Skrillex tunes, new releases, and remixes. The performance fed the energy of the crowd and concluded night one in the most magnificent way possible. 

Tritonal

Night Two

As day two of the festival rolled around, festival goers began to return to the Market Hall around 5:30 Saturday evening. Everyone was excited as ever and hungry for more. The second night of the event was set to be a predominantly Bass heavy occasion. The majority of the lineup was centered around deep Bass, grimey Dubstep, and Riddim.

Carlyle

After a slight delay, doors to day two finally opened around 6:30pm. Kicking things off were performances by Zander and GG Magree on Supernova. Carlyle and Y2K took on the Intergalactic stage. Zia, followed by Vampa were underway on Planet Prime, and MYFRIENDJOSE b2b Partyof1 got things rolling at Space Station.

Vampa

Out of This World

All hands were on deck as melodic prodigy Said The Sky took to the Supernova stage around 8:15. He stirred the crowd and took them on an emotional rollercoaster. His signature blend of soaring melodies and emotive bass-lines had the crowd reaching to the sky in delight. Following was Dutch DJ/Producer San Holo with a beautifully crafted one hour set keeping the melodic vibes going. San got the crowd pumped up for what was a spectacular following performance by the world renowned Chicago-based duo Louis The Child.

Meanwhile over on Intergalactic, things were heating up with absolutely jaw-dropping performances by Dubstep and Riddim legends. The room was packed from front to back as Subtronics made his long awaited appearance. The crowd went crazy as the Riddim master played drop after drop of heavy hitting beats. He would barely give the listeners a break before hitting them yet again with more heavy bass.

Following Substronics was Swedish Dubstep sensation Liquid Stranger who has been described as the epitome of transnational Dubstep. He lived up to expectations delivering nothing short of one of the most mind ravaging and creative sets of the night. Afterwards came an incredibly well put together set by Dubstep superstar Zomboy. He had arguably one of the highest energy sets of the entire night.

7X B2B

Outside, at the Planet Prime stage, bassheads rejoiced as they witnessed something that was almost unimaginable. An incredibly special moment came to fruition as every Dubstep DJ who had graced the Planet Prime stage throughout the night came together behind the decks for an unthinkable X7 back to back set. To be more specific, the stage was now under the control of Zia, Vampa, Al Ross, Bommer, He$h, and Boogie T. Add Subtronics to the mix and you have what was easily the most special moment of the entire festival for Dubstep fanatics. The star-studded bass brigade would play for the final few hours of the night to close out Planet Prime.

Back inside the Market Hall a final performance on the Intergalactic stage was taking place courtesy of 3lau. He kept the crowd jumping and shuffling through the remainder of the night. At the Supernova stage, the Bass music king Bassnectar took control of the decks. With a packed room, deep bass projecting from all speakers, and stage production exploding with full force, the headlining set of the night went off without a hitch.

Herobust

10 Years of Lights All Night

Looking back at the evolution of Lights All Night, and beholding the absolute beast of an event it has become today, brings with it a profound sense of appreciation. Appreciation for not only the progress that the festival has made, but for the organizers and fans who have kept it alive and turned it into one of the country’s biggest New Years’ celebrations. We join together at the end of every year to express our deep gratitude for one another and our undying love for this music. Congratulations to everyone involved for an impressive 10-year run, and here’s to another decade of Lights All Night.

Bassnectar

Photos by sound_of_addiction

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